Force11 Blogs


JCDL 2013 Announces Keynote Speakers

Source: McDonald Online Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 8:03am

Well folks, our teams at IU and UIUC have been hard at work getting things ready for the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2013 to be held in neighboring Indianapolis. We are getting our sponsors...


The Simple Guide to Academic Podcasting: Post-Production and Audio Platforms

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 3:00am

In her final post on academic podcasting, Digital Editor Cheryl Brumley talks about post-production and beyond. She gives tips for the novice sound editor, discusses the variety of sound platforms...


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Minister Philipp Rösler to visit ResearchGate

Source: Research Gate Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:30am

We’re thrilled to announce that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Philipp Rösler will visit the ResearchGate HQ on March 7th. It’s a great honor to...


Rediscovering Stephen King — Two Thousand Pages of Exhilaration

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 1:30am

Rediscovering the master of suspense and a superb writer again brings immersive joy to this reader. Continue reading »


Walter Cronkite Tours the Home of 2001 — Complete with the Information Console

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 1:30am

There’s always a certain fascination about how the past and the future link. In popular culture, we have time travel stories — anything from Rip Van Winkle to Stephen King’s recent...


Do your review instructions ask if data+software are available?

Source: Research Remix Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 5:33pm

It looks like PLOS Biology doesn’t ask reviewers to help uphold their data availability policies…. and I’m sure they aren’t the only journal missing this step. I just send...


Celebrating India’s National Science Day

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:34am

Today is National Science Day in India, celebrated in honor of Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman’s discovery on February 28, 1928 of the eponymous Raman effect, which relates to the...


Understanding incoherence: why it is legitimately hard to accomplish clarity in academic writing

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 3:17am

While it may be true that academics are sometimes prone to dense, jargon-laden prose, this is not for lack of trying, but rather part and parcel of the complexity of conveying both clarity and...


The eLife Story Continues — Evasions Seem the Best We Can Expect

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:30am

The continued silence from major funders involved in the eLife-PubMed Central scandal is creating a noise all its own. Continue reading »


Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is — Is Gold OA Just a New Frontier for Nature?

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:30am

Nature (the journal) announces unwavering support for Gold OA on the same day Nature (the company) announces a major Gold OA partnership. But Nature (the journal) doesn't itself adopt Gold OA. Why...


Ignorance As Argument — A Chemist Alleges Publishers Exploit Typography for Money

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 1:30am

A chemist complains about publishers exploiting authors through typesetting controls, but fails to understand exactly what it is and why it's important. Continue reading »


#ifihadglass I Would Build an Augmented Biomed Browser

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 10:07am

In the previous post, I’ve described the relationship between environmental factors and the public’s insights. Moreover, what would happen if we have more than an ideal “physical” environment?...


Great idea, but for now ORCID doesn’t match how humanities publication works

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 3:00am

ORCID provides a unique identifier for each researcher, managed centrally, in order to distinguish between people and correctly identify outputs. Peter Webster thinks the service is a great idea but...


Libraries and linked data #1: What are linked data?

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 2:29am

The first of six blog posts about libraries and linked data, bearing this title, is to be found at http://semanticpublishing.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/lld1-what-are-linked-data/. A draft of that post...


Taking Issue — A New York Times Editorial Mishandles the OSTP Memorandum

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:30am

The OSTP memorandum is a reasonable step forward for everyone. However, a NYT editorial provides misleading interpretations of its scope and design. Continue reading »


Are Scholarly Societies Still Relevant to Young Researchers? Perhaps Surprisingly, Yes They Are

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:30am

Remaining relevant requires action, and new research suggests it's not too late for these actions to retain younger members, who remain interested in what professional and learned societies can and...


About connecting the dots

Source: Science to Grok Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 8:23pm

A couple of years ago, I read Kary Mullis’s autobiography "Dancing Naked in the Mind Field" , and it shaped my life in some aspects. Kary, with his eccentric mood, shows that as one of the major...


Heart Health Awareness Month

Source: Plos One Community Blog Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 3:11pm

Before this month comes to a close, let us not forget to honor February as American Heart Month. According to the CDC, heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease...


How to define an Action Potential?

Source: NIF Blog FORCE11 Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 2:50pm

Dear electrophysiologists, If you could spare about 5 minutes of your time, the INCF electrophysiology task force is attempting to survey the landscape of definitions of the action potential. The...


Facebook's "Cold Storage"

Source: DSHR's Blog Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 9:00am

Last week Facebook announced they are building a couple of "cold storage" data centers:Facebook will move older pictures and back-up photos to new-more energy efficient-data centers, called "cold...


Case studies are a bridge to influence and a versatile method for communicating research findings

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 3:00am

Beyond its publicised use in the Research Excellence Framework, James Harvey considers the wider role of the case study as a research method and underlines its often overlooked function as a tool for...


Tesla, Journalism, and the Limits of Data — A Lesson in Context and Interpretation

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 1:30am

An electric car's data versus a journalist's experiences -- and neither proves sufficient for the task of telling us exactly what happened. Continue reading »


Is It a Tablet? Is It a Laptop? Digging Into the Microsoft Surface RT

Source: The Scholarly Kitchen Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 1:30am

Microsoft's Surface RT marks the software stalwart's entry into the hardware and tablet market. Too bad it's late and awkward. Continue reading »


Open Citations – Indexing PubMed Central OA data

Source: Open Citations and Semantic Publishing Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 11:57am

As part of our work on the Open Citations extensions project, I have recently been doing one of my favourite things – namely indexing large quantities of data then exploring it. On this project...


Knowledge mobilisation: new insights for theory and practice

Source: Impact of Social Sciences Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 3:00am

Knowledge creation, flow and promulgation are enmeshed in complex institutional and organisational arrangements. The concern over the under-use of research given this complexity has led to the...